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Canadians More Polite Than Americans According to Twitter

Two PhD students of the Cognitive Science of Language; Daniel Schmidtke and Bryor Snefjella disected over 3 million tweets to discover that Canadians truly are polite.

This research project investigates how the words that people use are influenced by geographical location. In the research reported in the media, we analyzed ~3 million geo-tagged Twitter posts (~9 million words) of speakers who live close to the US-Canada border. When comparing frequency of word usage across US and Canadian citizens, we found that there is an overrepresentation of negative words that are tweeted by American speakers and a disproportionate amount of positive words tweeted by Canadian citizens. The results can be viewed at http://geotwit.mcmaster.ca/usca/.

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